Layers of Flavor Pies

It’s been two weeks since the surgery and my arm is feeling better. I still do not have full range of motion, but it’s better than it was before. I do not need the pain medicine as much as I did before, so I am also not as tired during the day. I also am getting back my appetite and so will start cooking more. I feel like making a pie, and so I will in the next couple of days. At that time, I’ll post a picture of the finished product. In the meantime, I thought I would share with you a way that I like to jazz up my pies.

Mixing complementary ingredients together makes for a flavorful food; however, layering certain foods lets the individual flavors stand out even more. I like to make pies which I call “Layers of Flavor” containing three layers of complementary deliciousness.   It is also good when there are those times that you want to draw attention away from the fact that you used a ready-made pie filling instead of making homemade pie filling.

Experiment with different flavor combinations. A top crust is not necessary (unless you want to have one). Several of the top layer combinations will serve as a streusel topping, if you add a little flour and melted butter into the mix.

Layers of Flavor Pies

Bottom Layer Main Layer

Top Layer

Lemon pastry filling, curd, or marmalade


Dried goji berries, golden raisins, and almonds
Fig preserves



Thin slices of fresh figs and pears, cardamom sugar, and orange zest
Pumpkin pie filling or pumpkin butter


Fresh and/or dried cranberries, chopped walnuts, sugar
Pear butter or pear preserves


Dried pear (broken into smaller pieces), dried blueberries, brown sugar
Lemon pastry filling, curd, or marmalade


Toasted slivered or sliced almonds, lemon zest, and coconut
Almond pastry filling


Toasted slivered or sliced almonds, lime zest, and brown sugar
Apricot pastry filling or jam


Raspberries, chopped walnuts or pecans, and dried goji berries
Plum pastry filling or jam


Fresh blueberries, chopped walnuts, almonds, or pecans


I received numerous compliments on the Thanksgiving pie (pumpkin-apple-cranberry), which I put together, wanting to have all the classic fall dessert flavors in one.  A couple of years ago, I posted a recipe for this pie on Taste of Home:

 Cranberry-Pumpkin-Apple Pie Recipe



2 thoughts on “Layers of Flavor Pies

  1. Hi Baker man, I’d like the peach pie with raspberries and apricots for sure. What are
    goji berries? New to me. You can mail me one of these pies; also love the thanksgiving pie with cranberry and the cut outs of various fruits.
    Also glad to hear you’re feeling better after the last surgery. I say you’ve been through enough so keep up your great ideas. Much love from ann

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